Tag: Book Review

Book Review: Love Letters From God

Above all, I want our children to grow up loving God and knowing that He loves them unconditionally. I want them to love reading their Bibles and to live out what The Bible says. Books like this one are going to be perfect in creating that foundation in their lives!

Love Letters From God by Glenys Nellist is a fabulous and creative book that brings The Bible to life for kids at their level while still maintaining accurate theology throughout. The author takes the most important stories and tells them in a kid-friendly way that will hold their attention and captivate them.

Each story also contains a flap for them to lift up and under the flap is a letter from God with a space to write their name.

I love this concept and cannot wait for my children to be old enough to enjoy this book!

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Barren Among the Fruitful

Infertility is a heartbreaking condition that many women in my life have experienced, or are currently going through. In fact, before we conceived Tori we were wondering if we were ever going to be able to conceive as it took over a year and a half for us to become pregnant. There are so many women who struggle with this, and that’s why I loved this study. It is so relevant and important.

Barren Among the Fruitful is a real, honest look at infertility and is written by someone who knows the pain firsthand. She infuses humor into every chapter by titling them with questions often asked of women.

Amanda uses personal stories from women who have struggled with infertility or miscarriage to create a powerful book that will help women navigate this difficult road.

I definitely recommend this book, and I will be passing my copy along to a friend who is on this journey right now.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Review: Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions

Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson is an essential read for any parent. Parents are the first people that their kids will talk to (in most cases) about things they encounter in life, and this book gives age-appropriate responses based on what the Bible says about each topic in an effort to help you adequately answer their questions.

What I loved the most about this book was the fact that they chose some of the hardest questions children might ask and they tackled them thoroughly – questions about divorce, sexuality, death, suffering, etc. I want to be prepared when our children ask us questions like these, and I know this book will be a fantastic resource.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character, and Faith

“There’s no way to avoid the intrusion of popular culture into our homes and families, but we don’t have to let these instances exploit and influence our children. Instead, we can use those unplanned opportunities to instill conscience, character, and faith into the hearts and minds of the children God has entrusted to our care.” (pg. 2)

In this day and age, you can’t be too careful when it comes to the things to which children are exposed. The battle to protect their innocence is a difficult one to fight. This book by Marybeth Hicks is invaluable! While I am a few years away from having to put the teachings of this book into practice, it’s definitely not too soon to start preparing for what’s ahead.

More than ever, kids are exposed to content and concepts in the media and the surrounding world that go directly against the Bible and Christian values. How can parents use these instances as opportunities to teach? This book breaks it down in clear language and talks about areas such as media, school, friends, sports, family, and the real world and how you can use these situations to build character in your child.

I especially enjoyed the chapter about media because it is an ever-growing part of everyday life. More than ever, people are connected to screens (whether through smartphones, television, etc.), and it’s increasingly difficult to avoid exposure. I agree wholeheartedly with this quote: “As Christians, we’re called to integrate our media consumption into our lives in ways that support our faith and values, and not as a perpetual temptation or an avenue of corruption.” (pg. 61) After reading this chapter, I feel better equipped to teach our daughter when the time comes.

It’s incredibly important to guard the hearts and minds of our children until they are old enough to maturely handle the content, and this book provides great advice about how to accomplish that. If you’re a parent of children under the age of 18, I highly recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition

The NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition is a wonderful, fresh way to encounter the Bible. I love the concept of a chronological Bible because it makes it come alive in a brand new way as you read about the events in the order in which they happened. History is understood much more clearly in context, and this provides that context.

The readings are broken into 365 sections, and each section is followed by a short “Reflection” section to help you process what you just read. The NIV is easy to comprehend and it flows well, making each reading even more enjoyable.

This Bible will definitely help me read my Bible consistently and to experience the Bible in a fresh, new way!

I definitely recommend this to anyone – even if you’ve read through the Bible many times, this is worth your consideration.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Goodnight, Ark

Goodnight, Ark by Jane Sassi is a fun bedtime story for children based on the biblical account of Noah’s ark. 

During the rain, the animals are startled and all end up in bed with Noah, which makes for an amusing story with great illustrations to go with it. The book presents a scenario that children can relate to as many children end up being afraid of storms at some point in their lives. 

I loved the illustrations – they are so detailed and colorful. The story is told in rhyme and is easy to read.

While this isn’t an aspect of the ark that the Bible discusses, it is still a fun story that kids of all ages will enjoy. 

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Jonah and the Great Big Fish

download As a new mom, I thought it would be great to start reviewing books for children so that I can add to our daughter’s collection, so here’s my first one.

Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a biblically accurate and kid-friendly retelling of the story of Jonah. The story is told as a poem, making it easy for kids to remember, and the accompanying illustrations are absolutely beautiful!

The story is simple yet accurate, and it is worded in a way that children will easily comprehend and remember. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait until my daughter is old enough for me to read it to her!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Be the Dad She Needs You to Be

Because we are about to have a baby girl any day now, I thought this was a perfect book to pick up for my husband to read. This review is from his perspective.

Be the Dad She Needs You to Be by Dr. Kevin Leman describes many specific situations where simply being present isn’t enough. You have to know your daughter(s) in ways that you never thought necessary, and this can be difficult for men because men don’t always naturally think like women. One of the greatest examples given is in regards to the drama that girls tend to gravitate toward; he emphasizes the importance of keeping your cool and listening, because sometimes that is all she needs you to do.

I loved the number of suggestions and personal examples that he gives throughout the book, and especially the stories from other people about how his teachings have worked well with raising their daughters.

I think it will help me be a better father in the sense that I can be very selfish, as we all can, and I might not naturally think of a lot of things that my daughter is going to need. This book was very blunt and clear about how to discipline, set boundaries, etc. Ultimately, this book reminded me that a daughter needs a dad who is very involved, and that can be the very thing that sets her up for success in this world.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Woman of Courage

Woman of Courage, by Wanda E. Brunstetter, is set in pre-Civil War America.  It is a tale of a young Quaker woman named Amanda Pearson, who, after being rejected by her fiancé, decides to set out on a cross-country journey from New York to Oregon Territory to become a missionary to the Nez Perce Indians.

Along her journey she suffers personal losses, a near fatal injury and is rescued by a man named Buck McFadden.  McFadden takes her to another trappers cabin where Amanda meets a young Indian woman and her white, trapper husband.

As she recovers from her injuries, she is able to share the love of Christ with each of them. The book ends with Amanda eventually completing her journey to the Oregon territory, with some surprising twists along the way.

While I did not care for some of the twists, I cannot deny Ms. Brunstetter’s ability to keep the story flowing and the reader interested.  She weaves a dramatic tale of loss, gain and learning to trust in the Lord Jesus.

I received a copy of this book from Handlehar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks to my friend Ashleigh for this great review!

Book Review: Knowing God by Name by David Wilkerson

Knowing someone’s name doesn’t tell you anything about who they are inside; rather, you have to get to know them to discover their character and personality. The same applies to God – we have to know Him in order to know who He is and what He is like.

Knowing God by Name: Names of God That Bring Hope and Healing provides commentary on many of the Hebrew names of God that are seen throughout the Bible – names that describe His character and reveal part of who He is in ways that we can understand. These names were shown in action, not just in words:

He did not try to reveal Himself by announcing to Abraham or Moses: “The following names describe my nature…Now go and learn these and discover who I am.” These Hebrew expressions do describe the wondrous glories and provisions that are wrapped up in our Lord’s character, but God revealed these aspects of His nature by actually doing for His people what He proclaimed Himself to be. Time and again He saw His children’s need, foresaw the enemy’s strategy against them and intervened supernaturally on their behalf (p. 10).

I was familiar with many of the names mentioned in this book, but there were many that I had never heard before! I really liked the way that the author set up each chapter, starting with the story in the Bible where the name is most found and ending with how this particular name can provide hope in our lives. My only dislike was the author’s use of the King James Version whenever he quoted Scripture, but that is my personal preference.

Read this book and discover for yourself more about the Lord’s character as He reveals it throughout His Word.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.